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Two Unlocked Land Rovers Become Loot: Location Finders Don’t Help as Vehicles Rove Metro Area

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Twice within four days, owners who had left their 2020 Land Rovers unlocked with the keys inside found that the vehicles had been stolen, and their location devices showed the vehicles had left Darien, police said. Other than that, the thefts were unrelated. Police gave these descriptions of each incident:

The first took place Thursday, Nov. 12, outside Dolce Nail & Spa at 166 Heights Road. At 3:55 p.m., a woman parked in front of the business, and at 5 p.m., but when she returned, the vehicle had vanished.

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After Highway Chase, Darien Police Arrest Two

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Police from Darien and state police pursued a suspicious vehicle on Interstate 95 Thursday afternoon and arrested the driver and one of the passengers, Darien police said. Police gave this account of the incident, including accusations not proven in court:

At about 2:21 p.m., Connecticut state police told Darien police that a driver on I-95 reported that a vehicle in the southbound lanes not only had what looked like fresh damage, but one of the several male passengers seemed to be holding a gun to the head of the female driver. Police were told that the vehicle got off at Exit 11. Darien police alerted all on-duty Darien officers and nearby law enforcement agencies. Soon afterward, Officer Kelly Thurston saw a vehicle matching the description re-entering the highway northbound-lanes entrance at Exit 11.

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Police: Man, 58, Charged With Stealing Bicycle in Darien Also Charged with Previous Thefts

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Darien police say a man charged with thefts in Westport stole a bicycle on Dew Lane in Darien  — and left it across the street. Police gave this account of the incident and investigation, including accusations not proven in court:

At 2:21 a.m. on July 3, the mobile phone of Jose Velazquez, 58, of Bridgeport, indicated it was in the area of Dew Lane in Darien. Darien police got that information from Westport police as they investigated the theft of a bicycle from a garage. The garage door had been found ajar at about 9:30 a.m. Soon afterward, the bike was found in grass across the street. The theft was reported at 1:56 p.m. that day.


Police: Supermarket Store Detective Catches Cashier With Her Hand in the Till

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An cashier at Stop and Shop was seen by a store detective who said the employee was seen taking cash from a register and hiding it on her person, according to Darien police. Police gave this account of what happened, including accusations not proven in court:

Store detectives at the supermarket had been alerted that there were cash shortages at register where Lamanda Terry, 48, of Bridgeport had been working, so they watched her. Police were called to the supermarket at Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Hwy. North, at 3:12 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14 and spoke with Terry, who admitted that she stole $60 from the register.

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Woman Forgets Purse After Loading Car With Groceries, It Was Gone 2 Minutes Later

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It didn’t take long for a thief to walk away with the purse that a woman left in a shopping cart after she drove off with her groceries. According to Darien police, the woman said she returned to the parking lot at Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Hwy. North in about two minutes. The shopping cart was still there, but the purse was gone. Inside it were bank cards, cash (police didn’t say how much) and her identification.

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Police: DUI for Woman, 26, Seen Driving on Post, Birch Roads Late at Night

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A 26-year-old intoxicated driver crossed into the oncoming traffic lane twice on the  the Post Road and Birch Road at 1:24 a.m. on Friday, Darien police said. Police described the incident with this account, including accusations not proven in court:

The driver, a Harrison, Maine resident, was seen by an officer on patrol when she was making two turns. Each time, she drove into the oncoming traffic lane. The officer stopped the vehicle as it turned onto Birch Road. The officer saw that the driver had glassy, dilated eyes and the smell of alcohol coming from her.